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Commissioner Tom Hanson of Minnesota Management and Budget briefs reporters Tuesday on how the state will unallot nearly $2.7 billion in state spending. Behind him is his boss, Gov. Tim Pawlenty. (Don Davis/State Capitol Bureau)

Budget cuts laid out

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Minnesota's largest-ever budget cut Tuesday, reducing state aid to local governments, lowering health-care funding, trimming state college budgets and, in general, shrinking the size of state government.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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